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Christmas train adventure arrives in York County

The railroad adventure of “The Christmas City Express” will be arriving in southern York County Dec. 11-13.

The holiday program will take place at the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village, 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville.

Set 100 years ago, the performance tells the story of a girl on her way by rail to visit her grandparents. When the train gets stuck in stuck in a blizzard, she and the crew save Christmas for everyone aboard.

After the story, visitors will take a motorcar train ride through the village of Muddy Creek Forks. Santa will visit with children and families can craft a snowflake ornament. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

The train will run 7 p.m. Dec. 11; 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12; and 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for children. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased at or 717-927-9565.

Copies of “The Christmas City Express,” written by Cheryl Skafte and Luke Moravek and illustrated by Marissa Saurer, will be available for purchase.

In addition to offering train rides, the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village complex includes a railroad station, general store, post office, mill and grain elevator, and highlights the role of the railroad in early 20th century life. Its regular operating season is June through October.